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Genealogy Research Service

The Presbyterian Historical Society offers a Genealogy Research Service for a fee. Before submitting a request, please search CALVIN or contact the reference staff to make sure the society holds records of the congregation you are researching. For more information, please see our Genealogy FAQ.

  Genealogy research service request form

If you are looking for a record of your own baptism, marriage, or membership, please use our Attestation Service.

Fee

We charge a fee of $30.00 for one hour of research (no split hours). The fee includes up to 10 photocopies, 10 PDF scans, or 10 JPG images per request. Payment is required in advance.

Caveats and Limits

In order for the society to locate baptism, marriage, membership, and/or death records in a timely manner, it is necessary to limit research requests to the records of one congregation and one individual name. Please allow four to six weeks to process your request. There are no refunds if we do not find information about your relative in the church records. 
 
The Presbyterian Historical Society may not always be able to provide you with copies of the records you request due to access restrictions. It is the policy of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to restrict access to all official records on deposit at the Presbyterian Historical Society that are less than 50 years old. If we are unable to provide a copy of the record, we will provide an exact transcription of the information as it appears in the church records. 

Copyright

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. All responsibility for copyright infringement, questions arising from copyright, and the use of the copies provided is assumed by the person using the Genealogy Research Service.

Cemetery Records

The Presbyterian Historical Society has very few collections of cemetery or burial records. By the mid-nineteenth century, many church burial grounds were maintained by private cemetery associations whose activities were rarely documented as part of the church record. As a result, these types of collections are usually deposited at other archival repositories.

How to Submit a Request

Please fill out the On-Line Request Form and click "Submit." On the next screen, click "Pay Now" to go to the society's secure PayPal site to make your payment. You do not need a PayPal account to make a payment. 
 
If you want to use the Print Form please complete the information on the form, sign it, and return it to the Presbyterian Historical Society with your payment.